CAMI plant will build EVs and now modules
Plant will supply Ultium vehicles
GM will be building battery modules in Canada. The CAMI factory in Ingersoll, ON, will start producing cells in the second quarter of 2024.
“Our CAMI plant is playing a critical role in accelerating GM’s all-electric future,” said Marissa West, president and managing director, GM Canada. “In addition to being Canada’s first large-scale EV manufacturing plant, soon the team will add EV battery module assembly to the site, demonstrating innovation, flexibility, and opportunity during this historic time of transformation in the industry.”
General Motors will build a new 400,000-square-foot facility to assemble battery modules to fit into BrightDrop zero-emission delivery vehicles assembled at the plant. It will also be able to supply GM Ultium EVs built at other GM plants.
The CAMI plant opened in 1989, part of a joint venture between Suzuki and GM Canada. It initially built Geo Tracker, Metro, and Suzuki Sidekick. In 2009, the plant switched over to entirely Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain, and in 2022 GM started production of the BrightDrop Zevo 600 electric delivery van.
GM hasn’t said where the battery cells will come from, but it has announced agreements in Quebec to source nickel and other materials and to produce cathode active materials in that province for its EVs.